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Creativity opens up new paths to personal development

In the current confinement situation of, we need to enhance the creative capacity for vital learning, personal development and well-being. Creativity allows us to adapt to new situations, since it involves looking inside, reviewing acquired knowledge and opening ourselves to new possibilities.

Creativity is the engine of any transformation, a capacity that increases our skills on a personal and professional level. Creative potential is universal; it is in each of us. The playful element, the game, is the key factor of creativity and is part of the development process of people.

The creative conscience manifests itself when the individual, in a playful way, encourages a series of possibilities without worrying about personal success or failure and the way in which will be seen in the eyes of others.

The creative aptitude, inherent in the training process, leads the individual to make new associations. In this way, the persons mind activates his and develops his potentials.

Elliot Eisner, Art and Education professor, was recognized for formulating educational policies to better a understanding of the potential of arts in educational development.

The academic described the main characteristics found in creative behaviour:

  1. Break the limits. Creativity questions or reject premises on which the main contemporary assumptions are based, restructuring our vision of reality.
  2. Inspiration. Creativity involves originality, intuition, inventiveness, discovery, productivity and spontaneity.
  3. Redefine. Creative ability extends the uses that objects can have.
  4. Invention. Creativity involves modifying objects in such a way that a new object is created.
  5. Aesthetic organization. Being creative implies organizing certain elements in a harmonious, satisfactory and functional way.

Intellectual processes such as organization, structuring, concept formation, and the way of establishing relationships and associations are those that imply a higher level of creativity. Research has been done on relevant traits and characteristics in creative individuals, in which four factors are necessary for the development of creativity, which have highlighted:

  • Fluency: ability to produce ideas, associations, forms, etc. It consists of being able to retrieve the information from the memory itself.
  • Flexibility: ability to transform, shape, adapt to new situations, to work in groups. It consists of the possibility of transforming the information learned.
  • Elaboration: ability to develop an idea or solutions around a situation.
  • Originality: ability to give an unexpected, peculiar, infrequent response or perspective, which establishes a new organization.

Academics Guilford and Lowenfeld added four other indicators of creative thinking:

  • Sensitivity to problems: ability to question, discover deficiencies and consider different perspectives
  • Redefine-transform: ability to transform a thing, use it for functions that are not its own, other uses or applications.
  • Analyze: ability to disintegrate a whole into its parts, as a creative factor that can discover new meanings and relationships between the elements of a set.
  • Synthesize: link various elements to form a novel whole.

Finding an emotional, physical and mental state to enter the creative process depends on ourselves. Being able to be present with our whole being is an exercise and a habit. For this reason, we can take advantage of the resources that different creative techniques offer us that, when mixed; take us to an optimal state to create new scenarios.

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